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LGBT+ Community Making History In Government

Joslynn Monroig, Student Life Editor

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On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, history was made in our nation, especially in Virginia. Former journalist, Danica Roem, became the first openly transperson elected and seated to a state legislature in the United States.

Image result for danica roemDemocratic candidate Roem had 54.59% of the votes to her competitors, Bob Marshall’s 45.36%. Roem’s victory is only made sweeter because she beat the self-proclaimed ‘chief homophobe.’

Marshall openly opposes LGBT rights and doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of transpeople. Marshall has only ever used male pronouns to describe Roem and he has produced a mailer and video ad about gender identity at Roem’s expense. Among all other things, Marshall sponsored a “bathroom bill” and the amendment to Virginia’s constitution banning same sex marriage.

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Despite all of Marshall’s harsh actions and words, Roem persevered and recieved her victory. Upon her win, Roem has been receiving an abundance of support from the nation and many higher ups.

“Tonight, voters chose a smart, solutions-oriented transleader over a divisive anti-LGBTQ demagogue by sending a powerful message to anti-trans legislators all across the nation,” stated Aisha Moodie-Mills, president and CEO of Victory Funds, which is a political action committee that actively work to broaden the amount of open LGBTQ officials in government.

President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, also congratulated Roem in a tweet, saying, “Couldn’t be more thrilled for Danica Roem. And good riddance to Bob Marshall, one of the most anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ members of the VA House.”
In September, Roem told Cosmopolitan magazine, “The message that I can succeed because of my gender, not despite it, because of who I am without being afraid of who I am is a human message.”
The more time that passes, the more that the  LGBT+ community is be accepted, and the thought of transpeople is becoming more normalized. More and more people everyday are coming to the realization that transpeople are people who deserve the same treatment and respect as anyone else, whether they agree with it or not. Many anti-LGBT+ are now open to accept the LGBT+ community and transpeople and being more open-minded with their thoughts and opinions.
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